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Friday, November 09, 2007

Iraq: 1.6 Million Children Homeless


Suffering Christ. What now? CNN reports that 1.6 million children under the age of 12 years are homeless inside Iraq itself, and that more mothers and fathers are abandoning their children as the grim pressures of war grow. According to Said Ismail Hakki, president of the Iraqi Red Crescent,
... Many of the families are living in areas without basic needs, like water and electricity, and there are no jobs available. "It's a desperate situation," he said. "Children are becoming a liability for both the father and the mother."
One father, speaking about what the Red Crescent is doing for his daughter who is blind in one eye and losing sight in the other:
"Our children are suffering. All they talk about is weapons and bombs," he said. "They are children. We are older; our hair turns gray. What happens to them hearing all the explosions and bombs?

"We can't make them feel better because we are down."

That's a sentiment that haunts the head of the Iraqi Red Crescent.

"There are times I get up in the middle of the night and I say, 'Oh my God, how are we going to solve it? God help me to help those kids!'"
So much for your fucking success, Emperor Chimpface.

The Iraqi Red Crescent is accepting donations, in case you feel like doing something to remedy the horrendous stinking mess that Caesar Idioticus hath wrought.

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